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The products can be traced back to their production between Oct. 1, 2018, and March 8, 2019, and have “Use By Dates” of Oct. 1, 2019, through March 7, 2020, according to the USDA notice, and the number “P-7221” is printed on the back of the product package.
The Company says they discontinued use of the specific equipment believed to be associated with the metal fragments, and we install metal-detecting X-ray machinery to replace the plant’s existing metal-detection system.
Meanwhile, on Sunday in Iowa, Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders rolled out a major plan to revitalize the agriculture sector by (1) leveling the playing field for farmers and farm workers by breaking up large agribusinesses; (2) empowering farmers, ranchers and foresters to address climate change and protect ecosystems; and (3) fostering investment in rural communities. His plan takes aim at the current system of farm policies and subsidies that benefit the large agribusinesses to the detriment of family farms. It also includes many of the aspects of the Green New Deal that were most controversial, such as guaranteed education, health care, full employment and an increase in the minimum wage to $15 nationally. And the plan ensures that the Environmental Protection Agency enforces the Clean Air and Water Acts against large factory farms, and ensures that all farmers have access to tools and resources to help them address agricultural pollution.
Why This Matters: The Sanders proposal is quite comprehensive, with many broad social policies embedded in it — the ones that are the most liberal and controversial with moderate Democrats and Republicans. While it is aimed at helping small farmers economically, it also contains many policy proposals small farmers are not likely to favor such as addressing pollution from farms and climate change impacts of farming. None of the other Democrats have proposed anything like this for rural farmers or the agriculture sector as of yet. The rash of food recalls over the last year, and the numerous people made ill by tainted lettuce and contaminated meat should be a warning sign to American consumers. The lack of enforcement of environmental laws against large agribusinesses and the lack of sufficient safety standards and inspections for agricultural products should concern all of us that the agriculture sector is badly in need of fundamental reforms.
EPA’s acting chief of enforcement sent a memo to staff last week (that The Hill obtained) calling for them to “[s]trengthen enforcement in overburdened communities by resolving environmental noncompliance through remedies with tangible benefits for the community” with a particular emphasis on “cornerstone environmental statutes.”
Why This Matters: The Biden administration can immediately make progress correcting environmental injustice through fair and strong enforcement of current laws
A long battle over the use of a bug-killing pesticide linked to brain damage in children may be coming to an end. In a ruling last week, a federal appeals court gave the Environmental Protection Agency 60 days to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos, commonly used on oranges, almonds, and other crops — or prove there’s a safe use of the chemical.
Why This Matters: The pesticide industry used the same playbook as with PFAS, tobacco, and oil: raisedoubt about the clear science and prevent immediate action from being taken, to the harm of everyone else.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Decades after scientists first discovered the dangerous public health risks of the pesticide DDT, researchers have confirmed that two generations later, it’s impacting the grandchildren of women exposed in the 1950s and 60s. Those exposed to DDT before it was banned first-hand saw increased rates of breast cancer; subsequently, their children experienced higher […]
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